Visit the Museum Prinsenhof Delft

Museum Prinsenhof Delft is a unique historical building and former court of William of Orange. At this museum, you can pleasantly discover the Dutch history. Learn more about the meaning of the Father of the Nation for the Netherlands. Discover how the famous Delftware became the global brand it is today and how Delft and his residents played an important role in the history of the Netherlands.

Porcelain for the Forbidden City
8-4-2017 / 9-7-2017

Wierook eendDuring the early 1980s, enormous quantities of fragments were unearthed at the imperial kiln sites in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. This archaeological discovery stunned the ceramic world: it was the earliest Ming-porcelain manufactured especially for the Chinese emperors. However, it never reached the imperial court in Beijing. 500 years later, in Porcelain for the Forbidden City, these delicately decorated objects finally receive the attention they deserve. In Museum Prinsenhof Delft, they can be seen outside of Asia for the first time.

The exhibition
The exhibition Porcelain for the Forbidden City takes the visitor on a journey to the imperial pottery kilns in Jingdezhen. This is where almost all the porcelain for the imperial court was made. A task not to be taken lightly by the potters as it required the greatest care and discretion. Archaeological research shows what the kilns must
have looked like, what production methods were used and, of course, why so much of the best porcelain in the world was destroyed. It also highlights the linkDetail schaalbetween Chinese porcelain and Dutch delftware. The next stop in the exhibition is a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, where the emperors ruled their empire.More than 120 objects from the Archaeological Institute in Jingdezhen and a number of outstanding pieces (on loan) from Dutch museums show how important
porcelain was in the religious rituals at the court and in the expression of political and artistic messages by the (Chinese) emperors.

Artist in Residence
The beauty and the fascinating stories of the ceramic arts ensure that the ancient crafts are still very much alive. This is vividly demonstrated by six renowned artists from China and the Netherlands. For a few weeks, they lived and worked in Delft and in Jingdezhen in order to completely immerse themselves in making Delft pottery and Chinese porcelain. Their contemporary and surprising vision has resulted in some exquisite works of art that have been incorporated in the exhibition.

Permanent exhibitions

  • Delftware, the making of a global brand

    Delftware, the making of a global brand

    Delftware was invented in an attempt to imitate the world-famous Chinese blue and white porcelain. Thanks to the Dutch entrepreneurial spirit, this 'imitation porcelain' was so successfully developed in Delft that it gained an independent status and market, and was to become a global icon. Learn more about the secrets of this success, while admiring the most beautiful and unique Delftware masterpieces.

  • Masters in Innovation, Delft creating history

    Masters in Innovation, Delft creating history

    Over the centuries, Delft artists and scientists have played a leading role in the development of the Netherlands. Find out more about famous Delft residents such as Johannes Vermeer, Michiel van Mierevelt, Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek and Hugo de Groot. Discover how they changed the Netherlands and the world with new insights, discoveries and creativity.

  • William of Orange, Father of the Nation

    William of Orange, Father of the Nation

    One of the most important events in Dutch history took place at the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft; the assassination of William of Orange, the forefather of King Willem-Alexander. Learn all about his life, his dramatic death and his legacy. Visit the 'scene of the crime' with the bullet holes, check out 'who's who' in the Royal family and discover just how much influence the Founding Father still has in the Netherlands today.

Visitors information

Opening hours

Mondays to Sundays from 11:00-17:00 hours.

Closed on Kingsday (27/4), Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Admission fees

Adults: € 12,00
Children 0-3 years: free entrance
Children 4-12 years: € 3,00
Youth 13-18 years: € 6,00
Student pass/ISIC cardholders: € 7,00
CJP (Youth Culture Pass): € 9,00
Groups (> 10 persons): € 9,00 p.p.

Free entrance:
Museum card, ICOM card, Delft pass, Rotterdam pass, Friends of the Prinsenhof Museum and members of the Rembrandt association.

We accept the following tourist cards:

  • Prinsenstad combiticket and Vermeer combiticket
  • HelloDelft Card
  • Holland Pass

Plan your visit

Discover even more at Museum Prinsenhof Delft during a audiotour or a guided tour. Also available: combined guided tours to Museum Prinsenhof Delft and the New Church and/or the Medieval Prison in the City Hall. The museum regularly organizes temporary exhibitions and special activities such as lectures, valuation days and workshops.


The audiotour is available in three languages: Dutch, English and German. 
Costs: € 3,00 per device.

Guided tours

During a guided tour you will be introduced to the extraordinary and surprising stories of the museum. Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a variety of tours. Together with friends, colleagues or family, you will learn more about the collection and look at objects from another perspective.
A guided tour is available in different languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Italian.
Costs: from € 80,00 per group.
Information and reservations: [email protected]

Free city walk app 'Where is Vermeer'

Continue your visit to the museum with a walk in the historic city centre of Delft. Download the free app and the aunt of Johannes Vermeer will guide you through the city.


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Museum shop

The museum shop offers a wide range of souvenirs, books, luxury articles and modern Dutch design.

Food and drinks

On showing an entrance ticket, museum visitors also receive a free cup of coffee/tea at the lunchrooms Stads-Koffyhuis (Oude Delft 133) or Bakker Suikerbuik (Hippolytusbuurt 24).

Visiting Delft?

Besides the Prinsenhof Museum, Delft has a lot to offer! The city is well-known for its ties with the Dutch Royal family and the famous painter Vermeer. Delft is also world renowned for its Delft Blue earthenware and its lovely canals. In the beautifully preserved historic centre of Delft you will have a great experience with the rich history of the city. A city of great charm with the best Holland has to offer. Delft is an absolute 'must-see' during your visit to the Netherlands. Check out to plan your stay in Delft. Enjoy!

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